Once upon a time, the weather gods smiled on Barack Obama and sent him natural disasters and the chance to appear caring, decisive – and presidential.

The first occurred when the future president was a mere senator from Illinois preparing for his ascent to the Oval Office when, in late August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana with vengeance.

Republican President George Bush, advised by officials to delay visiting the area while it was still underwater, opted for a low-level flyover to observe the situation firsthand.

The media savaged Bush calling him out of touch,” “inept” and “uncaring.” Singer Kanye West declared, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Savvy candidate Obama used the flyover to political advantage in speeches during the 2008 presidential campaign, deriding, “…a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground.”

Fast forward to late October 2012 when now-President Obama took time off from his re-election campaign to rush to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, famously hugging Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has still not been forgiven for his effusive praise of the president and warm embrace.

Of course, times were different then – Obama needed votes.

Now, with only 150 days left in his presidency with lucrative speaking appearances and unlimited tee-times beckoning, Obama can’t be bothered with natural disasters that don’t translate into votes.

So, while over 100,000 Louisianans filed for federal relief as they dragged their belongings out of flooded homes, Obama continued to golf on Martha’s Vineyard.

Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton rested and fundraised and rested after fundraising.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has gone on record attributing Obama’s absence to another motive, posting on social media:

“… Apparently not enough blacks were affected to make a racism issue out of it or to have had a sense of urgency about.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence found time to fly to Louisiana, receiving praise from Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards who said, “They helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here. They were sincere and genuine . . . about their desire to be helpful.”

Shortly after images of Trump in the flood zone, meeting with officials, talking with displaced residents and pitching in to distribute relief supplies, the White House announced that Obama would fly to Louisiana, too.

On Tuesday.

After his vacation.

Photo: Twitter @SheriffClarke

 

 

 

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